Defense Sec. Confirms Incidents of Taliban Violence Against Americans

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin confirmed “incidents” of Taliban violence against Americans heading to the Kabul airport to flee Afghanistan .

Austin said Sunday there have been “some tough encounters with [the] Taliban,” just two days after President Joe Biden denied Americans were having trouble getting to the airport.

“If you have an American passport, and if you have the right credentials, the Taliban has been allowing people to pass safely through,” Austin said during a Sunday interview on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos, adding when pressed, “There’s no such thing as an absolute.”

“As we learn about those incidents — we certainly go back and engage the Taliban leadership and press home to them that our expectation is that they allow, you know, our people with the appropriate credentials to get through the checkpoints,” he added.

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